Saturday's notes: Ron Wilson takes the fall in Toronto

Hopes were getting high in Toronto that the Maple Leafs might finally return to the playoffs for the first time since 2004, but a recent 1-9-1 tailspin has led to the firing of head coach Ron Wilson.

The guy taking his place? Well, that's a familiar name to Predators fans...

Nashville Predators News

Hal Gill returns to Nashville after a brief trip to Montreal - Nashville Predators Examiner
The hockey player is also a husband and father, so this week afforded an opportunity to attend to business at home.

Florida Panthers exec gives his team a Nashville Predators flavor | The Tennessean
Can Mike Santos apply the Nashville model in Florida? That may take a while.

Bourque’s energy boost - Predators Insider
Might Gabby continue to get time on David Legwand's wing? That might be tough with the addition of AK46 to the lineup.

Carter Hutton Shuts Down Ads Again | Admirals Roundtable
The IceHogs topped Milwaukee 3-1.

Post-game notebook WITH VIDEO (Rockford 3, Admirals 1) - JSOnline
Assorted extras from Milwaukee, including the hope that Jeremy Smith might get back in the net soon.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Five things to expect from Randy Carlyle as Toronto Maple Leafs head coach | Puck Daddy
Ron Wilson got the ax in Toronto, so Brian Burke reached out to the coach who won a Stanley Cup with him in Anaheim, a fitting complement to Lord Truculence. I'm just sad that Toronto didn't go back to their paper bag policy for the introduction of a new head coach.

Oilers start up analytics group to delve into Moneypuck issues | Edmonton Journal
Sign Edmonton up as a team which has recently decided to add advanced stats analysis to its decision-making process.

More sports teams use advanced statistical analysis - The Boston Globe
Don't mind Burkie - savvy teams are indeed using this stuff.

Coach Ken Hitchcock insists his Blues are playing a new tune - Vancouver Sun
Is Hitch throwing a wet blanket over the NHL again with a stifling defensive squad that bores fans? Not exactly.

Three-point debate: Change the standings? - Cross Checks Blog - ESPN
If Stevie Wonder is behind the idea... might it actually come about one day? A guy can hope.

No. 57 pays tribute to family's CH roots - Montreal Gazette
Blake Geoffrion talks about following his forefathers' and joining the Montreal Canadiens. The story about the first person he called after he got the news is pretty funny.

Million-dollar bid for Henderson’s Summit Series jersey sets Guinness record - The Globe and Mail
We have a new record holder for "most expensive jersey".

Clearly, Oncoming Regression Seems Imminent: Red Wings 6 - Wild 0 - Winging It In Motown
The Red Wings put a thumping on Minnesota last night at the Joe.

New Jersey Devils Blow Away Washington Capitals & Winless Streak 5-0 - In Lou We Trust
The Devils whooped Washington, embarrassing the Caps on home ice.

Game 64: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning - Raw Charge
Crank up the "Don't Stop Believing" in Tampa Bay, where the Lightning remain in the playoff hunt.

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